Remain Silent

Remain Silent

Susie Steiner

Pub date
The Borough Press
A4 153x221mm
400 pages
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‘A brilliantly gripping tale’ LUCY FOLEY

‘I can’t imagine reading a better crime novel this year’ RENEE KNIGHT

‘No one writes crime fiction like Susie Steiner’ ERIN KELLY

‘Completely gripping, this book is a joy’ JANE CASEY

‘One of my top literary detectives. Steiner isn’t just one of our best crime writers, she’s one of our best writers, full stop’ RED magazine

The dead cannot speak. But they still have a story to tell.

The body of a young man is found hanging from a tree in Cambridgeshire, a note attached saying ‘The dead cannot speak’. It’s impossible to say whether it was murder or suicide –  was he silenced, or driven to end his own life? And either way, who is responsible?

DI Manon Bradshaw is assigned to investigate, but with anti-immigrant sentiment in the area reaching boiling point it becomes increasingly difficult for her to untangle what happened to Lukas Balsys. Are other migrant workers in danger, and will solving the puzzle of Lukas’ death help to save them?

By turns warm and witty, gripping and terrifying, heartbreaking and uplifting, Susie Steiner’s fourth book is both a literary masterpiece and one of the finest crime novels of recent years.

About the author

Susie Steiner began her writing career as a news reporter first on local papers, then on the Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph and The Times. In 2001 she joined the Guardian, where she worked as a commissioning editor for 11 years. Her first novel, Homecoming – described as 'truly exceptional' by the Observer – was published by Faber & Faber in 2013. She lives in London with her husband and two children.


  • ‘My favourite fictional detective… a writer whose characters you’ll miss after you turn the final page’CHARLOTTE HEATHCOTE, Daily Express
  • ‘Manon Bradshaw is SUCH a great creation. [Remain Silent] is so spot-on about love, relationships, middle-age, being a woman. The plot … broke my heart. So MOVING’ MARIAN KEYES
  • ‘Susie Steiner takes the pulse of our times whilst weaving a brilliantly gripping tale … Manon Bradshaw is one of my favourite literary creations of all time. I’m so envious of Susie’s talent. Her writing is truly without parallel’ LUCY FOLEY
  • ‘Hurrah for DI Manon Bradshaw in all her tender, outrageously rude, insightful and flawed magnificence. Flew through it, laughing out loud at her gags. And then cried at the end. Perfect. Loved it’ FIONA BARTON
  • ‘Remain Silent made me laugh, kept me guessing till the end and made me care long after I’d closed the book. No one writes crime fiction like Susie Steiner: Agatha Christie as scripted by Victoria Wood or Alan Bennett’ ERIN KELLY
  • ‘Stylish, literary crime fiction at its very best’ PETER JAMES
  • ‘Addictive, intelligent, funny and humane. I’m pathetically desperate for more’ CHARLOTTE MENDELSON
  • ‘There’s no-one to touch Susie Steiner for managing to combine a hugely gripping murder plot with utterly identifiable domestic life. I adore Manon Bradshaw – detective, wit, slob and mother – and Remain Silent is as twisty, as riveting and as well written as her previous two appearances’ LISSA EVANS
  • ‘Remain Silent is brilliant; I cherished every page. Funny, tender, wise, angry and completely gripping, this book is a joy. Manon is a glorious heroine and Susie Steiner is a writer beyond compare’ JANE CASEY
  • ‘Susie Steiner is a genius … heartbreaking and hilarious, profound and page-turning, this book contains multitudes’ LUCIE WHITEHOUSE
  • ‘Funny, and sad, and astonishingly smart’ KATHERINE HEINY